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24-02-2012, 08:16   #181
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250 million divided between 300,000 is €833 on average. Not everyone gets an increment every year so the average is probably higher than that figure.
Wow, amazing powers of deduction and mathematical prowess there. The salary scales are all published AFAIK, so there's no secret about how much any increment is.
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24-02-2012, 09:23   #182
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It wasn't me that brought up the PMDS system and increments, I was just rebutting the assertion that very few people receive them. I have nothing wrong with people getting pay raises as long as they are deserved and justified. This doesn't seem to be the case with the PMDS system.
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, I was just rebutting the assertion that very few people receive them.

nobody made that assertion

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I have nothing wrong with people getting pay raises as long as they are deserved and justified. This doesn't seem to be the case with the PMDS system.
unfortunately the usual argument made on this basis is that no one deserves one

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It still costs the govt a quarter of a billion every year for increments
well it doesn't really as that is the gross figure

over half would likely be recouped immediately
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Your post read as a defence of the increments system for the "few" that receive them. I think that until they implement a proper working system and considering the financial position of the country they should be put on hold.

We can only work with the figures we are given by the govt which is €250 million. We also hear one reason not to get rid of increments is because it would be unfair to the lower paid staff, they would not be losing 50% of their pay raise to tax.
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Your post read as a defence of the increments system for the "few" that receive them.
I don't see how it could be

I simply set out that far less than the entire 300,000 would get an increment

I said nothing about whether or not they are deserved


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I think that until they implement a proper working system and considering the financial position of the country they should be put on hold.
I wonder what you would consider a 'proper working system'? Is this simply based on an assumption that a large amount of people dont deserve one?

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We can only work with the figures we are given by the govt which is €250 million
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because it suits your position? of course I understand why you would do that

its simply reality that tax, prsi, pension levies etc are applied to PS wages

surely you would accept that there is a gross and net cost here?


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We also hear one reason not to get rid of increments is because it would be unfair to the lower paid staff, they would not be losing 50% of their pay raise to tax.
That position is based on the fact that most of the lower paid are on longer scales than those on higher pay and therefore most of the number of increments are paid to lower paid

However, the smaller number of higher paid people can skew the overall amount

Lower paid may not lose 50% to PAYE maybe, but other things are paid as I said above

also the lower paid would be getting lower increments
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24-02-2012, 14:06   #186
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I left college with a 2.1 in computer science and started on alot less that that. I was offered a few grand more and turned it down, I wanted whatever job offered me the best chance to gain experience.
If you offered me another 5 grand now to take a job where I sit on my hole surrounded by clueless management I wouldn't be interested

You have a job.

If you didn't would you rather sit on the scratcher and not apply for these jobs?

Your comment about doing nothing and having clueless management just because its the public service is the usual broad brush stroke nonsense.

Not everybody or every dept. conforms to your rubbish stereotype
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You have a job.

If you didn't would you rather sit on the scratcher and not apply for these jobs?
Where exactly have I implied that?
I would image the vast majority of people on the dole are under qualified for these jobs.

I don't really see the point of this thread, 3200 people is alot of applicants.
I do think 30k is too much for a graduate though, your not really worth a whole lot till you build up experience.
The only thing that this thread highlights to me is that the public service are offering too much to graduates, especially when you take the security of the job into account

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Not everybody or every dept. conforms to your rubbish stereotype
True, I would just say that a higher than average number conform to it. I'm basing my opinion on what I have been told by family members and friends who have worked in the public service

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I do think 30k is too much for a graduate though, your not really worth a whole lot till you build up experience.
The only thing that this thread highlights to me is that the public service are offering too much to graduates, especially when you take the security of the job into account
Did you actually read the job spec for these roles? The minimum requirement was an honours degree, but for the accounting roles it clearly stated professional accounting qualifications would be an advantage - in other words they only want qualified accountants. Ditto the law roles, they want qualified solicitors. Ditto HR roles, they want people who have CIPD qualifications.

Also, the interview stage is a competency based interview, meaning candidates have to be able to demonstrate proficiency in particular competencies from their work experience to date.

So in other words, they have no intention of hiring graduates, if it's anything like the competition I came in on, the successful candidates will be in their mid to late 20's, with degrees, masters and professional qualifications, as well as real world experience in the relevant profession. IMHO 30k is a bargain for that level of personnel, and the only reason they have as many as 3,200 applicants is because of the shortage of work in the professions presently, along with the job security and the incremental salary.
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Graduates with qualifications in human resources, law, accountancy, economics, finance/banking and tax policy were invited to apply.
These are jobs for skilled professionals. Things are not so bad for people with these kinds of qualifications as you might think.

The worst hit areas for unemployment are tradesmen, people in the building sector, and unskilled jobs.
Also, for law anyways, they usually insist on x number of years pqe, typically 4 or more. Not surprising therefore that grads wouldn't apply for a job they don't have the experience for.

Did we ever get an answer to how many jobs they were actually applying for?
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It depends on the department. Some have more positions for AO than others do.
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EUR30,000 is a GREAT salary.

I'm applying for one of these jobs. Anyone who expects more than 30,000 EUR is living in a fantasy world.

Typical of Irish people: greedy and unrealistic.
I'm graduating in 2013 and expect less than €30,000. However starting salary isn't everything and a lot of people would have the perception that the civil service isn't great in terms of career opportunities. Plus if you want to work there at some point in the future you can always work in the private sector and then apply to the civil service at a higher grade.

Also I don't get the relevance of your last comment. Most of the graduate positions I've been looking at offer lower pay in Ireland than in the UK.

edit: from looking at the above comments it also seems that ideally they want someone a bit more experienced than a graduate
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It still costs the govt a quarter of a billion every year for increments which is a large sum of money which considering the effectiveness of the PMDS system is pretty much given away for just turning up to work.

250 million divided between 300,000 is €833 on average. Not everyone gets an increment every year so the average is probably higher than that figure.

Source for the 250 million?
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On the phone at the moment, the minister gave that figure in response to a question in the Dail in the last year.
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Wow cheers for the SEVERLY depressing statistic for all those undertaking the assesment this week....great boost to all to know we have a lovely 1% chance of getting a job we probably so desperatly need-cheers!
Just because only 1% of the people applying will be hired doesn't mean everyone has a 1% chance... some people in the 3,200 have a less than 1% chance, and some are practically shoo-ins... Anyone who can't figure that out probably won't do great in the aptitude test!
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Was that really necessary? Very easy for you to comment from your cushy chair in the public sector- currently working 3 jobs so taking a day off to fill in some apptitude tests to not get a job is depressing enough without having someone like yourself, who clearly has too much time on their hands and not enough work to do, providing useless comments to further depress the situation!!!
Good one - I replied to you at 11:38 p.m. last night, so I was in my cushy chair at home If that's your attitude towards the public sector I kinda hope you don't get a job there TBH.

Considering you decided to join the thread to have a mope for yourself rather than actually contribute anything, it's a bit rich for you to say my post was useless - I corrected a logical error in the previous two posts.

Back on topic though; I'd be surprised if they don't hire as many as a couple of hundred AOs through this competition, so even with a wonky understanding of probability, the odds may be better than you thought!
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